Character Psychological Profile

The Character Psychological Profile fields seem to be the ones that Players have the most difficulty in completing. These fields are designed to tell us who the character is not what they can do. For example, being affectionate is a personality trait while being good at engineering is a skill. Using the three fields listed under the Psychological Profile tab in combination serves to give a good picture of how the character will be portrayed and, to some extent, how they will act and react in the story settings.

By necessity, the field descriptions on the actual form(s) are short. Below, you will find expanded descriptions of each field and a list of common personality traits.

Personality Traits

This field is for a simple keyword list of the character’s dominant personality traits. It’s designed to allow us to summarize the character’s personality. We can see at a glance if they are brave, intelligent, quick-tempered, etc.

Personality

The Personality field is where the Player details the traits listed in the previous field. Each trait detailed should include both negative and positive aspects. If a Player has chosen to list a seemingly negative trait, then they would explain how it is also a positive one.

EXAMPLE
Stubborn, Strong-Willed

Minnie-Sue Mouse is a very strong-willed mouse. She will persevere through the most adverse of situations. However, her innate stubbornness can make it hard, or even impossible, for her to change her mind once a course of action has been determined or a decision made.

Giving, Generous

Minnie-Sue Mouse has a very generous and giving nature. She helps those in need, often volunteering at local homeless shelters and soup kitchens. This aspect of her nature makes her vulnerable to being taken advantage of as she has a tendency to believe every hard-luck story she hears.

Rude, Impolite

If one does not know Ricky-Joe Mouse well, they will consider him rude and impolite as he totally lacks the ability to speak diplomatically. He is very honest and forthright and will not mince words. Those that know him well appreciate the fact that when they ask for his opinion, they will get a straight forward answer although it is given without regard to their feelings.

Mannerisms

This field is for describing the physical manifestations of the character’s personality. If they are angry, how would that anger be perceived by others around them? Do they tend to raise their voice, shout, gesture strongly or wildly? Under normal circumstances, how do they speak? What is their voice and tone of voice like? Do they laugh or smile often? Is their body language and hand gestures pronounced or subtle?

List of Personality Traits Table

The table below is included as a general guide for aiding Players in choosing Personality Traits for their characters. Although it has a list of positive traits and shows the opposite of that as a negative trait, we are trying to move away from a black and white point of view in that regard.

This table does not list all personality traits. Players should feel free to come up with their own.

LIST OF PERSONALITY TRAITS

POSITIVE

NEGATIVE

accepts what’s given

ignores, rejects what’s given

affectionate

distant, cold, aloof

Ambitious, motivated

self-satisfied, unmotivated

aspiring

self-satisfied

candid

closed, guarded, secretive

caring

uncaring, unfeeling, callous

change; accepts, embraces it

rejects change

cheerful

cheerless, gloomy, sour, grumpy

considerate, thoughtful

inconsiderate, thoughtless

cooperative

uncooperative, unhelpful, combative

courageous

cowering, fearful

courteous

rude, impolite

decisive

indecisive

devoted

uncommitted, uncaring, hostile

determined

indecisive, unsure

does what is necessary, right

does what is convenient

perseveres, endures

relents, gives up

enthusiastic

unenthusiastic, apathetic, indifferent

expansive

kept back, tight, constricting

faith in life

life can’t be trusted

faith in oneself

lack of faith in self

faith in others

others can’t be relied on

flexible

inflexible, rigid, unbending, stubborn

forgiving

unforgiving, resentful, spiteful

focused

unfocused, scattered

freedom given to others

authoritarian, controlling

friendly

unfriendly, distant, aloof, hostile

frugal, thrifty

Wasteful, spendthrift

generous

stingy, miserly, selfish

goodwill

ill-will, malice, hatred

grateful

ungrateful, unappreciative

hard-working

lazy

honest

dishonest, deceiving, lying

humble

arrogant, conceited, egocentric

interested

indifferent, uncaring

involved

complacent, indifferent

jealous, not

jealous, envious, covetous

kind

unkind, uncaring, cruel, mean

mature

immature

modest

vain

open-minded, tolerant

narrow, close, small-minded, intolerant

optimistic

pessimistic

perfects

allows imperfection

persistent, sustaining

flagging, fleeting, unsustaining

practical

impractical, not viable

punctual

late, not on time

realistic

naïve, impractical

reliable

unreliable, undependable

respectful

disrespectful, rude, impolite

responsibility, takes

blames others

responsible

unreliable, undependable

responsive

unresponsive, unreceptive

self-confident

lack of self-confidence, insecure

self-directed

directed by externals

self-disciplined

undisciplined, unrestrained, indulgent

self-esteem, high

self-esteem, confidence – low

self-giving

self-centered

self-reliant

dependent

selfless

selfish

sensitive

Insensitive, indifferent

serious

silly, trivial, petty

sincere

insincere, dishonest

social independence

social approval required

sympathetic

unsympathetic, unfeeling

systematic

unsystematic, disorganized, disorderly, random

open minded, willing to consider other opinions

closed minded, insists on own view

thoughtful towards others

thoughtless, inconsiderate, callous

trusting

suspicious, mistrusting

unpretentious

pretentious, affected, ostentatious

unselfish

selfish

willing does, willingness

stubborn, unwilling, reluctant

work comes first

convenience first